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Congressional Democrats Divided Over Powell UN Presentation - 2003-02-06

U.S. Congressional Democrats appear divided over Secretary of State Colin Powell's presentation to the United Nations about Iraqi violations of U.N. resolutions.

Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, an opponent of using force to disarm Iraq, says Secretary Powell's speech did not change his position.

"He did not tell us anything we did not already know," he said.

But Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut says Mr. Powell made a strong case.

"Will this convince all of the nations of the world to join with us in confronting Saddam? It should, and I believe it will convince a clear majority of them," he said.

Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who has said President Bush was too intent on going to war against Iraq, said after hearing Secretary Powell that she now believes arms inspections are no longer going to work.

Republicans say Secretary Powell made a strong case that Iraq must be disarmed by force if necessary, and by a U.S.-led coalition if the United Nations does not take the lead.